MSHA's Alliance Program enables organizations committed to mine safety and health to collaborate with MSHA to prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace. MSHA and its allies work together to reach out to, educate, and lead the nation's mine operators and miners in improving and advancing mine safety and health. Alliances are formed by MSHA senior headquarters staff after initial discussions with an organization interested in collaborating with MSHA.
Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) are agreements between MSHA and states, local governments, entities that represent these governments, and other federal agencies. An MOU facilitates consultation, coordination, and information exchange between involved parties concerning the health and safety of miners. These agreements may include various areas such as training, enforcement, communication, and coordination.